November 12, 2017 by petrujviljoen
An illuminating take on Charley’s (Life in Portifino) challenge – part of Casting Bricks.
Charley at Life in Portofino posed a Challenge for the November edition of Casting Bricks that is indeed a very great challenge. To complete his poem I went with an assumption that is not in the text of John where this story is told, but is a plausible reason why the woman at the well had been married numerous times. Charley’s words are in bold and mine follow. (Everyone is welcome to join us in the Casting Bricks Challenge!)
[Here comes she, bearing her plight.]
(A man! Will his words carry sugar
as does all the rest?)
[She suffers more than she needs.
Her exclusion from the throng
is her own guilt.]
(A Jew! Why is he waiting here,
and at this hour?)
[Her heart remains open – Thank
(I cannot face him. He must know
that I am an outcast. Perhaps
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